Senior Associate, Government Relations

09 Aug, 2019


Senior Associate, Government Relations

Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.


Government Relations
Government Relations (GR) was established in 2006 to complement and advance Pew’s work in the public policy arena. In 2010, the department was reorganized and staff that had been spread throughout the institution were consolidated into a single unit. Government Relations is comprised of a Senior Vice President and five units overseeing advocacy of Pew’s programmatic agenda as well as operations and institutional advocacy. The priorities of the department are to: (1) provide relevant, timely and insightful advice on legislation of direct relevance to the Trusts, its programs and advocacy goals; (2) develop close effective relationships with key congressional offices, the administration and the government affairs staffs of major trade organizations relevant to our work; (3) develop Pew’s annual advocacy strategy as well as manage and facilitate its implementation; (4) work hand in hand with program staff and policy experts to guide advocacy from inception to successful completion; (5) coordinate, collaborate and communicate with and between Government Relations and program staff to advance institutional priorities, (6) monitor, track, review and approve all interactions between Pew staff and government officials including participation in coalition efforts and work with our external stakeholders; and (7) ensure full compliance by Pew with all applicable regulations related to lobbying and advocacy.


Position Overview
The Senior Associate will be an integral part of the Government Relations team in Washington, DC and will have the responsibility for collaborating with the Senior Officer, Government Relations, to provide government relations counsel to a portfolio of research and advocacy projects focusing on student loan policy, including the Student Loan Research Initiative and the Project on Student Borrower Success. The student loan research initiative provides research and analysis on why people default on student loans and the obstacles to getting out and staying out of default, and the scope and scale of veterans’ education debt. The project on student borrower success will generate better policy outcomes by conducting research on, and when warranted recommending reform of, two elements of the student loan system that are pivotal to borrower success: loan repayment and loan servicing. It is anticipated that the Senior Associate will also work with the Senior Officer on other program teams within the Family Economic Stability Portfolio (FES) including Retirement Savings and Consumer Finance projects. In addition to working directly with these program teams within GP, the Senior Associate will report to and work closely with the Director of Government Relations.


  • In concert with the Director, Government Relations, assist with the development and implementation of effective outreach strategies for bringing Pew’s work on student loan debt to the attention of elected and appointed federal and state policymakers including direct contact, conferences, electronic communications, and other activities. Help develop, manage, and maintain systems to track policymaker use of Pew products.
  • Work with the Director, Government Relations, and other Government Relations staff to develop and implement strategies to achieve specific project and campaign goals for the Student Loan Research Initiative and the Project on Student Borrower Success and other projects as assigned. This could include, but is not limited to: Federal and State Retirement Savings Policy, and Federal and State Economic Policy that affects family financial stability and mobility.
  • Facilitate information flow, communication, and relationship management between Pew’s two student loans project teams, particularly as it relates to interactions with student loans policymakers and stakeholders. Research and identify policymakers particularly relevant for the programs, analyze their needs and work with program staff to translate complex information into accessible written materials for distribution to government officials at the national and state levels; review materials produced by program staff for relevance to public policy debates; and work with communications and eAdvocacy teams to develop web materials and emails relevant to policymaker requests, information needs, or program needs.
  • As necessary to meet program goals, identify, schedule and attend appropriate lobbying or educational visits with staff and members of Congress and the Executive Branch and counterparts at the state and local level.
  • Track and analyze legislation, regulations, other policy proposals, and hearings, announcements, and other government actions relevant to Pew and share summary information with program teams on a timely basis.
  • Fully comply with, and assist others in complying with, all relevant federal and state lobbying disclosure and ethics rules.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with national organizations to advance the Pew agenda including developing coalitions and identifying partners who can advance program goals with a focus on organizations representing state and local government officials.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public policy or a related discipline preferred.
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience working with policymakers and staff in government relations, government service including the U.S. Congress or the U.S. Department of Education, state or federal campaigns and/or grassroots advocacy. Experience in either state or federal government desirable.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
  • Experience in federal student loan legislative and regulatory policies is desirable.
  • Experience or knowledge of legislative and regulatory policies impacting individual and family economic issues, retirement savings and pensions is a plus.
  • Strong political and interpersonal skills. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in reaching out to policymakers and their staff, and in communicating complex concepts in a clear effective fashion.
  • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, and to work both independently and as part of a team.

As applicable.


Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Job posted: 2019-08-09